Friday, May 26, 2017

The Petros Journals- The Account of the Healings


Here is another glimpse at my newest project, The Petros Journals. This glimpse was meant to be posted yesterday to honor my late mother who passed away in 2009, to honor her on her birthday, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. So here it is today. Check out the healing of Peter's mother-in-law and several others....


Growing up, my mother was important to me. She always made it clear to me that regardless of how I felt about it, that it would be my duty to honor and respect the parents of the woman I was to one day marry. Sadly, she didn’t get to see me do this herself. However, the lessons she taught me about the way my beloved’s family should be treated, stayed with me and still do today, even in my old age. I loved my wife, and I also loved my wife’s parents as if they were my own. 

My wife and I had taken her mother into our home in her old age to ensure she was taken care of; the reality though was that she was taking care of us. We loved having her there, but she had taken ill, and her illness was taking its toll on us. It was hard to see someone who was once so full of radiant, glowing life, stuck in bed waiting to die. There were many times in which we thought we’d lost her.

The day Jesus came into our home was very unexpected, and it brought my mother-in-law back to full strength; She was basically on her death bed and Jesus offered her life. I don't think I will ever forget what he did for me, what he did for my family that day. Some remember differently than I do and others only wish they could have seen the incredible miracles I saw that day, but the thing that I will remember the most was my mother-in-law’s response to Jesus after the healings took place. 

As I saw Jesus reach for her hand, help her up and finally speak healing into her spirit, I was indeed amazed, but seeing her get up and serve us all as if nothing had ever happened, really spoke to my heart. I can’t imagine doing anything even remotely similar if I were in her shoes that day. Her example was a beautiful display of gratitude and service. It was a great reminder to me that I needed to be willing to do the same.

The healings didn’t stop there either, as the day began coming to its end and things finally started to calm down, something even more unimaginable began to take place. As my Mother-in-law and others had just finished serving Jesus, the rest of us were helping with the cleanup. It had been a memorable day for all of us, especially my mother-in-law. It was getting dark, and we wanted to get out of Capernaum without being noticed. 

Galilee had proven to be a difficult but promising time, and while the decision had been made to move on, we had no idea what was about to happen. Just as we were about to head out to gather what we needed for our journey, crowds of people started showing up at my doorstep. I had no idea why they were there at first, but then I began to notice that they were all waiting to see Jesus.

At first, it bothered me that these random people just started showing up, I mean we were trying to get out of there without causing too much distraction for a reason, but they just kept coming. It was quite inconvenient, pretty soon, our once quiet evening had turned into something a lot more. Immediately, my thoughts were to send these people away, but something about that just didn’t seem right in the end. As soon as we saw the way Jesus responded to all these people, my heart started pounding with excitement. 

People were being healed from some of the worst diseases and even from demon possession. It was unlike anything I’d ever witnessed. It was almost as if I was seeing a magic show, but something here was incredibly different. All I could do was watch on as Jesus placed his hands on the men, and women, that had come, pray over their spirit and say, ‘go forth and be blessed.’

I was utterly amazed at all that I was seeing. In the end, it didn’t even matter that these people had waited until the last possible moment to come forth and ask Jesus to heal them. Honestly, I was speechless and didn’t understand everything that was going on, but I could tell that these miracles were just the beginning. Something inside my soul started stirring that day. 

I knew that I was already becoming a part of something I would never forget, something that would change me forever. What I didn’t know is how much, or what it would mean to the world that I live in today. 

Blessings in Christ and Thanks again for visiting us at "The Gathering Room."

"Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord." 45.3.20

M.J. Elliott


  1. Hi Matthew,
    This is a wonderful tribute to your mother. I'm sure it would bless her!

  2. Thanks, I struggled with parts of it, but I do hope it will be a good chapter to honor her with.